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UW Faculty Led Programs|Study Abroad

Future Study Abroad Opportunities

Please note: All students participating in study abroad programs will be charged a Study Abroad Fee of $100, in addition to the program costs.  Students will also be required to purchase Student Travel Insurance ($25 for programs of 2 weeks or less, or $50 per month).  Program costs listed below do not include UW tuition, the Study Abroad Fee, or cost of insurance.


EDEL 4975/EDCI 5870:  Stepping Stones into Mathematics and Science Education in Australia
(3 credits)

Enrollment for this program is closed.

The Professional Learning and Leadership Initiative is a collaborative project between the UW College of Education and Albany County School District #1.  The course is intended to improve teacher quality through professional development that is linked to local district improvement and accreditation plans.  Participants will develop skills that will enable them to lead collaborative learning teams to sustain meaningful professional development based on the outcomes outlined for this course.  The course will align with Wyoming standards, using the action research outlined in this course to extend and enhance the implementation of the standards at the classroom level.  This professional development course provides practicing and pre-service teachers an opportunity to reflect on their own mathematics and science teaching practices. Additionally participants will be able to observe and compare their teaching practices with Australian teachers for the purpose of identifying best practices.  Through increased content knowledge and understanding of research projects the teachers will implement an action research project.  Based on the findings of their action research projects, teachers will develop an action plan to revise and/or strengthen best practices in their own teaching.

Dates: To be determined
Cost: To be determined
Contact: Kate Muir Welsh (


Exploring the Arts and Culture of Benin, West Africa (3 credits; 1 credit mandatory prep course, plus 2 credit study abroad session)

The site of this study abroad opportunity is the small francophone country of Benin (formally called Dahomey) in West Africa, situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will be based in the fascinating city of Ouidah, historical birthplace of the Voodoo religion and slave trade of 18th-19th centuries, and currently home to a vibrant living arts culture. Organizational in-country liaison is the CIAMO center.  Highlights include instruction in the integrated arts of traditional African music, dance and visual art, visits to see active public school classrooms, short excursions to interesting nearby villages and historical sites, a weekend excursion to Abomey, the palace site of the original kings of Dahomey and attendance at the International World Voodoo Festival.

Dates: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Lydia Dambekalns (
Approximate Cost: $4000 (includes airfare, in-country transportation, double-occupancy lodging, many meals, excursions, cultural instruction)


HP 4152: Cloud Forest Ecology
(3 credits)

The class will start on the UW campus, where we will discuss travel requirements, and the students will be introduced to general concepts of tropical forest ecology. Lectures at the research station and practical examples in the forest will include: tropic webs, insects and plant community structure, plant defense mechanisms against herbivory, canopy structure and epiphytes, and the evolution of crypsis, aposematism, and mimicry systems. We will fly from Denver to Quito, Ecuador, where the students will have an opportunity to experience Ecuadoran culture including restaurants, native marketplaces, historical architecture and cathedrals, as well as visiting the monument to the equator (where students can stand on the line of the equator with one foot in each hemisphere). From Quito we travel by bus to the small village of Cosanga and onwards by foot to the Yana Yacu Research Station, where most of the course will be conducted. On the first few days we will have orientation hikes and practical teaching and student research projects in the forest. While at Yana Yacu, during the day students will have many opportunities to hike in the cloud forest, will assist with sampling of plants and insects, will assist in the insectary (caterpillar zoo) with feeding and maintaining caterpillar cages, photographing and identifying plants and caterpillars, recording data, and preserving specimens for future research. During the evenings after dinner, we will meet in the library for lectures, discussion groups, and planning meetings.

Tentative Dates: To be determined
Approximate Cost: $1500, plus airfare of approximately $1200
Contact: Scott Shaw ( or Greg Brown (


ZOO 4900 – Problems: Behavioral ecology and biodiversity in Ecuador
(2 credits)

The Andes and Amazonian lowlands of South America have the most diverse assemblage of birds in the world. Ecuador straddles the equator and has land on both slopes of the Andes. Although Wyoming covers approximately 2.5 times the area of Ecuador, Ecuador has four times as many species of birds (> 1,800 species). This 10-12 day trip will introduce students to one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world, instill an appreciation for the flora and fauna, especially the birds, and allow them to get hands-on experience in exploring the fascinating repertoire of behaviors exhibited by the animals (mostly birds, but also embracing mammals, amphibians and invertebrates) that live in these diverse habitats. The main field site, the Milpe Reserve of the Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation (, is at 1,100 meters on the west slope, with excursions to higher elevation cloud forest (2,000 meters) and low-elevation forest (350 meters), at each of which most of the plants and animals will be different. Field projects will emphasize inquiry-based learning about why tropical animals behave in the ways they do. Days will be long, typically with early rising and extensive hiking. Evening lectures and presentations by students, faculty and other researchers will supplement the field experience. Prerequisites: 3.0 gpa or better, sophomore or higher.

Tentative dates: Winter Break 2016
Estimated cost: To be determined
Contact: David McDonald (


Social Work (3 credits)

A two-week intensive study abroad program in London during May of 2015. An opportunity to learn about the growth and development of social work and social welfare systems in England and its relevance in today’s world of multiculturalism, diversity, technological advances, migration and globalization.  Open to all majors!

Qualifying students who meet the requirements of at least sophomore status and a 3.0 GPA will be eligible for a scholarship.

Tentative dates: Summer 2016
Estimated cost: To be determined
Contact: Carolyn Haney ( or Dr. Neely Mahapatra (


Gender, Global Change, and Development in Fiji

This two week, three credit Fiji-based course has three primary goals: [1] to familiarize students with the lives of a diverse array of women in Fiji through formal meetings and informal encounters with a wide range of individuals and organizations; [2] to provide students with an opportunity for complete immersion in a country which, although very safe (and frequented by many vacationers), has experienced remarkable political and socioeconomic upheaval in recent decades; [3] to facilitate critical interrogation of the integration of gender into the practices of “development”, broadly defined as institutional, activist, and community efforts toward improving health, quality of life, and access to resources for greater numbers of women and their families. Topics covered in this immersion course will include economic survival strategies (including migration), women’s unequal access to resources, agricultural production and sustainability, and women’s health. Students will have the opportunity to live with host families, attend lectures at the University of the South Pacific, observe village life, and meet with development professionals at UN Women, activists and community members involved in working for gender equality. Select interested students may have the opportunity to additionally pursue an independent study with Dr. Dewey as part of her ongoing research with Fiji’s women market traders. Prerequisites: UW degree-seeking student of sophomore standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Estimated Cost: $2,500 (includes all meals, accommodation, and activities)
Tentative Dates: To be determined
Contact: Susan Dewey (


Language and Culture

Explores major cultural sites through one week stays in Berlin, Mainz, Dresden, and Tübingen with additional Saturday trips to places like Freiburg, Trier, and Potsdam. The program will encompass two courses: a German language course and a German culture course. The language course(s) offered will be based on the level of the participating students and will heavily incorporate the advantage of being in Germany. The culture course and its afternoon cultural outings will be in English. Course registration will be possible only after acceptance into the program. More information can be found on our Facebook page: UWGermanSummer.

Estimated cost: From $2,650 (if 20 students participate) to $3,300 (if 10 students participate)
Approximate Travel Dates: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Rebecca Steele (


HIST 4315/5315: Central Europe and the Holocaust (3 credits)

The death of nearly six million European Jews, carried out by the regime of Nazi Germany during the Second World War, is one of the most unique and ultimately incomprehensible events in human history. Traveling to Germany and Poland with Dr. David Messenger of UW's History Department, students will visit numerous sites in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow related to the history of Nazism, European Judaism and the Holocaust. The students will also visit the sites of three death camps in Poland, Treblinka, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Estimated Cost: To be determined
(Includes accommodations, train travel, museum admissions. Airfare and food are not included)
Approximate Travel Dates: To be determined
Contact: David Messenger (


RELI 4500: Religions in Hong Kong - Crossroad of the World
(3 credits)

After the British moved into Hong Kong in the mid-nineteenth century, it grew from a sleepy fishing village to one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.  “The sun never sets on the British Empire” meant that citizens of that Empire were able to move around it, bringing their religious traditions with them.  These were added to the existing traditional Chinese religions already present in the Pearl River Delta.  As we travel around Hong Kong, with a side trip to Macau, we will explore religious sites and talk with religious practitioners from traditional Chinese religions like Buddhism and Confucianism, along with temples to local gods, such as Tin Hau and her Macau counterpart A-Ma, the sea-goddess that protect both these coastland cities.  Christianity has played its part, both as a European import and now an indigenous religion.  Other religions that have come from throughout the Empire include Hinduism, Islam and Zoroastrianism.  Hong Kong even has a small Jewish community.

Hong Kong is a huge, densely packed city that still has astonishing open spaces and beaches of exceptional beauty.  Though a fully Chinese city, English is one of the main languages spoken in Hong Kong.  As a result, it serves as an excellent introduction to Eastern Asia. 

Application and initial non-refundable deposit of $500 is upon acceptance into the program. 

Cost: To be determined (includes accommodations, some meals, in-country transportation, tours; does not include roundtrip airfare [approximately $1700])
Dates: Summer 2016
Contact: Kristine T. Utterback (


ART 4620: Studio Art Explorations in North India
(3 credits) [CH, G]

Drawing will be the main focus as students will draw daily both in interior and plein air locations to document visually and express aesthetically to the local culture. Travel destinations include tentatively the Andaman Islands or the Sundarbunds-wilderness areas in east India followed by about a week in Shantiniketan, West Bengal and the Kala Bhavan Art College to study traditional mural approaches and a long week in Delhi to study traditional wood block printed fabric techniques. Side trips to museums, galleries, artists' studios, archeological sites will be included. This course is for students to gain a fundamental understanding of Indian art and culture, to create a strong portfolio of drawings completed while traveling, to explore art approaches employing traditional Indian art form, such as woodblock printing on cloth or mural painting. They will also learn how to complete a body of work post-travel that exhibits aesthetic, conceptual and/or technical influences from India to be included in two exhibitions.

Dates: To be announced
Contact: Leah Hardy (


ANTH 4020/5000:  Cultures of Energy: Climate Change and Sustainable Systems in India
(3 credits)

This is a 20-day winter break intensive course on sustainable systems and adaptations to global environmental change, with a focus on cultures of energy.  We will be traveling around southern India, with longer stays in two key locations, Auroville and Mysore (one coastal and one highland region). Auroville is located in southeastern India, right outside of Pondicherry Union Territory (the former French colony), and about three hours south of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. Mysore is on the other side of India, at the edge of the Western Ghats, one of India’s major biodiversity hotspots.
India is the only country in the world with a Renewable Energy ministry for its national government; their focus on transitioning to renewables can be likened to the US Space Program in the 1960s in its scope.  Advances in this area are critical to addressing adaptation to climate change, both in India and globally.

Approximate Dates: To be announced
Approximate Cost: Contact professor for additional information
Contact: Dr. Sarah Strauss (


Archaeological Excavations at Huqoq, Galilee

RELI 4500-03 Excavation Field Experience in Galilee
RELI 4500-04 Archaeology and History of Galilee
(6 credits total)

This four-week trip brings students to the ancient village of Huqoq for a season of archaeological excavation. Huqoq is uphill from the northwest corner of the Sea of Galilee, a few miles from Capernaum and Magdala. UW students will join with participants from five other sponsoring universities under the leadership of Professor Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. They help unearth a monumental synagogue of the fourth or fifth century CE with a mosaic floor as well as key locations in the village surrounding it. Daily excavation work will still leave time for lectures by faculty experts and trips to nearby archaeological sites. Weekends will feature trips to sites of all historical periods further away in Israel.  Scholarships to cover a portion of the cost are available to qualifying students (degree-seeking UW students with a minimum of sophomore standing and a 3.0 gpa).  For more information on the Huqoq site, see

Estimated Cost: To be determined
Dates: To be determined
Contact: Paul V.M. Flesher at 766-2616 (


ART 4790: Japanese Art and Culture
(3 credits)

Japanese Art and Culture explores the unique cultural and artistic situation of contemporary Japan. For two weeks we will travel in and between Tokyo, Kyoto, Naoshima and Hiroshima in order to explore how ultra-modern life in Japan is tied to and culturally embedded within a larger historical and ancient context. The class will also discover the deep ties to western culture in the post-contact and post-war era. Finally, we will investigate the uniquely Japanese conflation of popular culture (anime, manga, Otaku culture, Harajuku) to the high art and culture represented in the national museums of modern and contemporary art. Within this framework we will discuss and experience the continuum of visual culture in Japan, as well as the intricate web of contemporary cross- and multi-culturalisms.

Dates: To be determined
Estimated Cost: To be determined
Contact: Dr. Rachel Sailor ( or Noah Miles (


UW Field Course in Kenya - Ecology and Conservation of African Savannas

Students will be immersed in an intensive, learn-by-doing field experience in central Kenya. This 3 week course will be offered jointly through UW and the University of British Columbia. Students will live and work on the Mpala Research Centre. For more information visit the website:

Estimated Costs: To be determined (Including airfare, in-country travel cost, accommodations, and most meals)
Tentative Dates: May 2016
Contact: Jake Goheen (


EDCI 5480/EDEL 4975: International Studies: Kenya
(3 credits)

An innovative study abroad course that will allow learners to use primary resources to explore various topics including Kenya's history, geography, cultures, languages (Kiswahili), economy, education, archeology, ecology, paleontology and zoology. Other areas such as geo-political, ethnic and gender issues and the HIV/AIDS epidemic will be explored. Learners will participate in field experiences (based on areas of interest). During the course, learners will reflect in writing and orally the similarities and differences between America and Kenya. In addition, they will examine ways in which the course will have influenced them as citizens of the world. As the world becomes a global village, it is essential to help our students develop an understanding and appreciation of cultural and global issues.

Dates: To be announced
Contact: John Kambutu (


UW/CC Hillside Kenya Water Project

Spend 12 days immersed in Kenyan cultures; offer educational services to residents of the Huruma slum in Nairobi and at the rural Mburu Gichua Elementary School; construct a water point and surface runoff reservoir for a new well in Hillside; explore Kenyan history, geography, cultures, languages, economy, education, archaeology, paleontology, and zoology while on safari through Africa’s natural wonderland.  Financial Assistance: Scholarships are available for eligible registered students.  Deadline: To reserve your seat, a $500 deposit is due on November 1.

Approximate Travel Dates: To be determined
Estimated Cost: $4585
Contact: John Kambutu, (307) 268-2584, (


KEEPS - Karibu Kenya

Culture and Agriculture in Africa - a class offered in December of each year following finals week and lasting 12 days. Maximum enrollment is 18 Wyoming Students. Sites visited include agricultural sites in Nairobi, Kitale, Kericho, and Naivasha, with tours of natural sites including: The Great Rift Valley, Hell's Gate National Park and Masai Mara Game Park. All travel in Kenya (24 passenger bus and 9 passenger vans) is provided. This program is funded at a rate of $10,000/per class. Student expenses vary between $500 and $3,500 dependent on scholarship support, which is based on GPA and/or financial need. There are no plans to expand this program beyond current levels, however current funding runs out after January of 2012.

Dates: December 2012 (contingent upon funding)
Contact: David Wilson (


THEA 4990: Research in Theatre: Dance and Related Arts in Paris and London
(2 credits)

Dance in London and Paris! Participants in this program will join a UW Department of Dance faculty member for a three-week intensive dance course. The credits earned will help students fulfill their summer study BFA requirement. In addition to daily dance classes, the program will include watching performances by the Royal Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. Prerequisite: Dance majors who have completed at least one semester of Advanced Ballet or Modern.

Dates: To be determined
Estimated Cost: $4200
Contact: Jennifer Deckert (


REWM 4990: Field Experience in Ecosystem Services of Loreto (Baja Sur, Mexico)
(1 credit)

Field and experiential-based understanding of 1) ecosystem services in Loreto, Baja, 2) how they relate to ecology, land-use policy, natural resources economics and culture, and 3) comparing the Loreto system to the sage-steppe system in Wyoming. Wyoming students will join and work with an approximately equal number of local students (from La Universidad Autonóma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) – Loreto campus) to promote cross-cultural exchange. The course will include cognitive (knowledge), affective (attitude, understanding), and psychomotor (skill) components. An application is required for admission into this program.

Dates: Summer 2016
Estimated cost: To be determined
Contact: Melanie Murphy (


Art and Culture of the Yucatán (6 credits)

The course will last eight weeks, which will be split between two weeks at UW and six weeks in Yucatán, Mexico. Students will receive six credits divided between two course numbers (a seminar and an independent study) registered through their own departments or colleges. 

Following the 2-week  portion in Laramie, students will have a foundation for understanding the archaeological and historical sites we visit and the people and cultural traditions we encounter.  Apart from planned weekend excursions back to Mérida, Yucatán’s capital city, and to the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá (in eastern Yucatán), students will be based in Santa Elena, a rural village of 4,500 people in the southwestern part of the state for the duration of the 6 weeks abroad. From here they will attend their biweekly seminar class, Maya Art and Culture; engage in weekly meetings with Dr. Scott on their independent research projects; and venture out to meet with their project mentors in Santa Elena or in surrounding towns. 

Dates: To be determined
Program Cost: To be determined (includes lodging, most meals, excursions, local transportation; does not include round-trip airfare [approx. $900]). Please see the brochure or website for additional expenses not included in program costs.
Contact: Mary Katherine Scott (


EDCI 5580: International Internship in Early Childhood Education
(3 credits)

This project will make available an international internship experience for students completing their Early Childhood Education Endorsement through the UW College of Education each summer beginning in 2014.  This is the first international early childhood experience ever offered through the College of Education.  The internship is the capstone experience for all students receiving their early childhood education endorsement.  

Interns completing the course are supervised by a faculty supervisor and a mentor teacher.  Nikki Baldwin, representing the College of Education, will act as faculty supervisor and will be on-site during the entire internship experience.  Students will be placed at the Bridgewater International School, a private English-speaking school in Kathmandu, Nepal.  The placement site was selected through a partnership with Kathmandu University during an on-site visit by Ms. Baldwin and Dr. Madrid in July 2013.  Information regarding the Bridgewater school can be found at

Dates: Summer 2016
Cost: To be determined
Contact: Nikki Baldwin (


AS 4900; ENR 4890/5890; ESM 4900/5900 Biosecurity or Insecurity on a Mad Planet
(3 credits)

An intensifying, multi-dimensional problem across the planet is the invasion of ecosystems by exotic animals, plants and even disease organisms.  There is increasing evidence that elements of climate change and water, air and soil pollution exacerbate these incursions.  There is no place on the planet immune from these invasions, but also no place better suited to their study than the southern hemisphere country of NEW ZEALAND.  The goals of this course are to introduce participants to the ecosystem resources of the two principle Islands of New Zealand (including Kiwi (birds), Kauri (trees), tusked weta (insects)) and the incursions that threaten these (e.g. possums, pathogenic often soil borne microorganisms, rodents).  Interaction with native people (The Maori) and European and Asian settlers, will supplement these experiences.  From the ecosystem resources and these people the principles of biosecurity will be drawn and control measures derived and observed in some of New Zealand's National Parks and Island Sanctuaries (e.g. "Ark in the Park" and the volcanoes of Tongariro).  The course is tailored for both undergraduates and graduate students, and for students in the sciences as well as the humanities.  The classroom for most of this experience will be the New Zealand forests, savannahs and mountains.  Students should expect and be prepared for experiences from treks to several isolated locations, observations in nucleic acid labs, to cuisine in metropolitan Auckland, penguin colonies on the Tiritiri Mantangi island.  Although it will be the height of summer in New Zealand during this excursion, field trips have the potential to range from glaciers on the high peaks to the beaches of the New Zealand's extensive coasts. 

Dates: To be announced
Approximate Cost: $2000 plus air fare. 
Contact: Dr. Stephen Williams ( (307)766-2683 for an application


ART 4650: International Study in Art (3 credits)

Students will respond creatively to the historical, cultural and aesthetic experience in the country of travel and will use journaling, drawing, and collection of visual material to continue a more in-depth response upon return. Course sections will vary regarding structure/context. All sections will include studio and/or art historical curriculum. Prerequisite: ART 4635.

Dates: Summer 2016
Contact: Prof. Doug Russell (


Sports Economics (3 credits)

Through visits to historic and cultural venues and events, and lectures by people involved in the sports industry, students will gain a better understanding of the unique position sports occupy in the European culture.  This is a three week course designed to investigate the current economic issues in popular sports in the UK and Ireland.  Students will become familiar with the league structures, rules, championship contests and outcomes of the most popular sports in the UK and Ireland, including soccer, cricket, rugby, Gaelic football, hurling golf and tennis.  The current debate over the hosting of mega events such as the Olympics will also be discussed.

Dates: To be announced
Cost: To be determined
Contact: Amber Brown (


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